Hiking Project Logo

gem icon Blue Lakes [Suggest Edits]

17 votes
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Description

Blue Lakes are a very popular destination in the San Juan Mountains and is a gem in the Mt. Sneffles Wilderness. These lakes present breathtaking views of glacial lakes with relatively easy access. Enjoy views across Blue Lakes to Dallas peak and other jagged mountain peaks by hiking above Lower Blue Lake. Continue to Upper Blue Lake for views of shoulders of Mt. Sneffels and Gilpin Peak.

Many people use Lower Blue Lake as a base camp to attempt one of the 14ers, Mt. Sneffels, or just pass the lakes on the way up.

All-Day Hike: Blue Lakes is easiest accessed from Blue Lakes Trail up the East Fork Dallas Creek drainage. Follow the Blue Lakes Trail up for 3 miles to reach Lower Blue Lake and continue for another half a mile to reach Upper Blue Lake.

Gem Type: Lake

Shared by:
Sarah Baker

0 Comments

You & This Gem

Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Jul 28, 2021
Jay Abernathy
Jul 17, 2021
Shari Pederson
Oct 9, 2020
Kathy Dragon
Oct 1, 2020
John Nelson
Sep 26, 2020
Michelle Schafer
Sep 23, 2020
Lydia Deng
Aug 20, 2020
James Shepherd
Jul 16, 2020
Eric Behrman
First real hike! Awesome. This is beautiful!!

Nearby Gems

gem Favorite Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

(4) Telluride, CO

Nearby Trails

4.7 mi 7.5 km Bear Creek Falls
Intermediate
Telluride, CO
Intermediate
Telluride, CO
All Clear
Update
7 days ago
46 
7.6 mi 12.2 km Blue Lakes Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Telluride, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Telluride, CO
Minor Issues
Update
Some Mud
21 days ago
37 
5.0 mi 8.0 km Mt. Sneffels
Difficult
Ouray, CO
Difficult
Ouray, CO
All Clear
Update
Dry - steep, loose scree. No snow, though.
21 days ago
35 
4.8 mi 7.8 km Perimeter Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
All Clear
Update
52 days ago
28 
3.3 mi 5.4 km Columbine Lake Trail #509
Difficult
Silverton, CO
Difficult
Silverton, CO
Minor Issues
Update
Snowy, Some Mud
68 days ago
11 
8.1 mi 13.1 km Bridge of Heaven via the "New" Horsethief Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
All Clear
Update
Dry
43 days ago
11 
8.0 mi 12.9 km Sneffels Highline Trail #434
Difficult
Telluride, CO
Difficult
Telluride, CO
All Clear
Update
5 days ago
4.3 mi 6.9 km Bear Creek National Recreation Trail #241
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
Unknown
Update
8.1 mi 13.1 km Columbine Lake Out-and-Back
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverton, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverton, CO
Unknown
Update
13.9 mi 22.4 km Wilson Group
Very Difficult
Rico, CO
Very Difficult
Rico, CO
Unknown
Update
Shared by Sarah Baker on Nov 28, 2016. All Page Views: 6,754. Last Month: 66.